How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

created at: 12/08/2011

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live in a world where there were glittery platypus ornaments didn't exist.  So, I figured I'd have to make one myself.      

First I thought, "Stencil?" No, not nearly as cool. "Paint it on a bulb?" Nope, don't trust my drawing skills enough. So, I headed to the craft store, and, to my surprise...there it was. A plastic toy platypus. And a shark, rhino, pig, octopus, and stegosaurus. Merry Christmas to Me. 

Tools and Materials

  • Plastic animals - check your local toy or craft store. I scored mine at Michael's for 40% off each! 
  • Small screw eyelets
  • Electric drill and small drill bits
  • Colored spray paint - I used Krylon Dual paint and primer in one, very helpful with the smooth surface of the plastic animals
  • Krylon Glitterblast paint - I used "Cherry Bomb," "Posh Pink," "Lucky Green," and "Sparkling Waters"
  • Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer
  • String, embroidery floss, or ornament hooks

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1. Remove any tags and stickers from your animals, then use some soap and water to clean off any craft or toy store grime, so that the paint will adhere well.

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2. Begin by drilling a hole that's a bit small than your screw eyelet into the back of your creature. (Or the head, or whatever makes sense. That sounds more violent than it is.) Try to drill in the center of piece's weight, as opposed to it's length, so that the creature will hang evenly.

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3. Use your fingers to screw in the eyelet, turning the animal onto the threads.

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4. Give the whole thing a solid basecoat of colored primer or paint. Since the Glitterblast is (understandably) a bit more pricey than normal spray paint, its a great way to get a deep saturated color without using too much of the sparkly stuff. I hung mine from the eyelet from some monofilament/fishing line, using a loose knot to prevent the thread from blocking the paint.

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5. Allow to dry, and cover with Glitterblast. Be sure to shake the can for a full two minutes, then use short spurts of sparkle to cover the whole thing - back, front, and belly.

Then, give it a coat of Glitterblast clear sealer, which'll keep the sparkle on your critters and off your Christmas tree.

There you go. My dreams have literally come true. And that's what the holiday season is all about. :)

Happy Glitterdays!

Thanks to Krylon for sponsoring this project! 
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bonnie on Dec 11, 2013:

I did something like this with the happy meal toys.....the kids and adults loved it....we even played a game find me ???? what ever kept the kids occupied for hours....also saved on my feet those toys hurt when you step on them...lol

deirdre on Nov 30, 2012:

what do you think of using nail varnish instead of paint?  durable enough?


Meg on Nov 12, 2012:

My son would absolutely LOVE to have a tree decorated with nothing but dinosaurs and animals. This is amazing!!

Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012:

Nothing says the holidays like a red glitter rhino! :)

Margo on Dec 27, 2011:


barb in tennessee on Dec 18, 2011:

Oh what a great idea!  Picture a tiny tree full of dinosaurs in a little boy's room.Cant wait !


Kristi on Dec 12, 2011:

This is a cute project idea! I just used Glitterblast for the first time this weekend to add some glitter to my homemade wreath and I am now IN LOVE with that stuff! It's so easy to use and adds an elegant glitter dusting.  I can't wait to find my next project to use it on.  

Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011:

This is genius. GENIUS!


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